An Italian restaurant has received top marks in its first food hygiene inspection after its complete transformation.

Fratelli, in Marine Parade, has been handed a five-out-of-five food hygiene rating following an inspection on April 23.

The restaurant reopened in March under a new name following an extensive refurbishment.

Owner Walter Manenti, 52, had originally planned to sell Brio restaurant in Worthing's Marine Parade but his son Charlie persuaded him to refurbish it instead.

The Manenti family poured "a lot of love", Italian craftsmanship and considerable funds into the establishment and renamed it Fratelli after Walter’s five sons.

Charlie, 26, said the restaurant needed some TLC after 12 years and he wanted to showcase the building’s historical features while paying respect to where his family hails from near the Dolomites in northern Italy.

Venetian plaster has been used throughout the restaurant as well as Italian tiles and marble.

The bar area was revamped and the menu refreshed by head chef Joseph Hyatt.

What the ratings mean:

There are six ratings from 0 to 5.

5 - Hygiene standards are very good

4 – Hygiene standards are good

3 – Hygiene standards are generally satisfactory

2 – Some improvement is necessary

1 – Major improvement is necessary

0 – Urgent improvement is required